The ADF relies heavily on the capability edge provided by land combat and amphibious warfare capabilities to complete both combat and non-combat missions.
The dismounted and mounted programs undertaken by DMTC align to Defence and Army priorities. As Army modernises its vehicle fleets and continues to adapt and improve the personal equipment and weapon systems to respond quickly to evolving operational requirements, DMTC is working with industry to apply research and introduce innovations to enhance capability solutions.
Materials used in the land domain must be tough and reliable, enduring exposure to weather, vibration, chemicals, blunt impact and rough handling as well as potential blast and ballistic insult. The R&D undertaken in DMTC’s Land Mounted and Dismounted programs aims to improve the configuration and performance of materials used in land-based systems, reducing weight wherever possible. This increases both the payload and mobility of soldiers and vehicles. Researchers are also investigating technologies to enhance the availability of electricity to soldiers to power the ever-increasing array of electronics used.
Land (Mounted) Program
In the Land Mounted Program, four project teams are conducting vehicle research spanning nine technologies. The projects are: land vehicle alternative materials characterisation; alternative power packages for land vehicles; advanced vehicle modelling; automated manufacturing; and robotic squad support platform. This program has moved beyond its traditional areas of protection and manufacturing of land vehicles, to improve particular features of platform operation.
Land (Dismounted) Program – Personnel Survivability
The Dismounted Program research spans body armour, fabrics and power technology. Many of these projects are at a mature stage and the program has expanded its mandate to include fabrics from chemical biological and radiological (CBR) threats.
Under this program, several technologies have progressed to prototype stage, including a combat helmet shell, ceramic rifle protection for helmets, portable fuel cells, lighter weight soft armour, lighter weight stab and spike armour, fragmentation resistant combat uniform fabric and quick-drying combat uniform fabric. The prototypes illustrate potential capability improvements in the areas of soldier protection and/or reduced weight.